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Building Bridges: A Mother Dies in Central Booking Cell; Court Halts NYC Stop-and-Frisk Ruling; Bloomberg's Health Care Cuts

Building Bridges over WBAI radio, 99.5FM
with Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash
Mon., November 4, 2013, 7 - 8 pm EST
Young Mother Dies in Filthy Central Booking Cell
after Being Denied Medical Care
Anita Neal, mother of Kyam Livingston
Loyda Colon, Justice Committee

Fellow inmates of Kyam Livingston say she became increasingly ill over the
course of seven hours, including convulsing while awaiting arraignment.
Witnesses report that on-duty NYPD officers ignored Livingston and other
inmates as they pleaded for someone to come to her aid. One witness, a
registered nurse, indicated Livingston had been dead for 20 minutes before
EMS arrived on the scene. New York Cityâs arraignment cells, which hold
multiple arrestees, many on extremely low level offenses âhave no bed, one
open toilet, rodents, roaches and extremely unsanitary conditions ⦠and
resemble a medieval dungeon,â said Jay Schwitzman, President of the Kings
County Criminal Bar Association. Arrestees are also denied medication and
proper medical attention. In the wake of Kyam Livingstonâs senseless death
New Yorkers are coming together to demand transparency and accountability
of the NYPD and an end to the inhumane conditions in police facilities.
Court Halts NYC Stop-and-Frisk Ruling, Removes Judge
Vince Warren, Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights

On October 31, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit granted Mayor
Bloombergâs motion to stay the remedial decision in Floyd v. City of New York,
a federal class action lawsuit filed against the NYPD and the City of New York
that challenges the NYPD's practices of racial profiling and unconstitutional
stop-and frisks. They also remanded the case to the District Court to assign a
new judge. Weâll discuss what this decision means for the continuation of stop
and frisk, the concerted, pernicious manifestation of racial stereotyping and
criminalization of entire communities and whether judge Shira Scheindlin, who
merely made public statements in which she answered critics of her ruling,
was targeted for rebuke and removal from the case.
Coalition Says Hell No to Bloomberg's Slash and Burn Policies
to our Health Care

Public workers, community members, elected officials and health advocates
gathered at City Hall to say that Mayor Bloomberg 's cuts to public health
services disproportionately hurt the poor. He closed North Central Bronx
Hospital 's Labor and Delivery Department and a Bronx immunization clinic
and one in Queens are scheduled for closure. These closures will severely
limit access for low-income families to free or low-cost immunizations that
could protect against life-threatening and communicable diseases. Also,
many Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) clinics are slated to have their
hours of operation slashed.

Bloomberg was booed as he entered City Hall with an entourage of aides.
The rallyâs speakers message, to mayoral frontrunner Bill de Blasio, was to
make the delivery of public healthcare services a priority.
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